The air force has found a new development in their investigation into the fatal Snowbird crash. According to a report posted on Monday, June 1, the Snowbirds plane crash in B.C. may have been caused by a bird. The investigation is still ongoing and other avenues are also being considered. 

According to the Royal Canadian Air Force, videos uncovered of the incident revealed "one bird in very close proximity to the aircraft right engine intake" during a critical phase of take-off. 

Moving forward, the investigation will be focusing on environmental factors, such as birdstrike, as well as the performance of the "escape system," as mentioned in the report. 

The crash occurred on May 17, 2020, near Kamloops, B.C. Prior to the accident, two Snowbird aircrafts took off into the sky as part of "OPERATION INSPIRATION."

This operation was set to honour the COVID-19 health care workers by having the planes fly around the sky through multiple cities to put on a show for spectators. 

However, it quickly turned out to be a tragic event. Soon after the two planes launched, one of them "initiated a left turn" after which it nosedived towards the ground abruptly. 

Both occupants were ejected from the aircraft at that point. 

The photo provided by the Airforce pinpoints a bird flying extremely close to the front of the aircraft. 

The two people in the aircraft were the pilot and the team's public affairs officer.

After the two were thrown off the airplane, one received serious injuries while the other received fatal injuries.

The aircraft was destroyed on impact. Captain Jennifer Casey was identified as the individual who was killed on the scene. She was the public affairs officer onboard the aircraft.

The pilot of the aircraft, Captain Richard MacDougall, is currently in a stable condition.

Since the fatal crash, tributes have come in from all directions, including from the Prime Minister.

Another Snowbirds operation in memory of the tragic crash took place on May 18, when a group of Snowbirds took the sky yet again to fly over B.C. in honour of Captain Casey.

Another procession was held in Nova Scotia, where Casey hails from. People who attended that tribute were told to wear red and white, which is the official Snowbirds colour.

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